By: Staff Report
September 16, 2013
The Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina received a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Extended Health Community Programs.
For 27 years the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has recognized members who have had significant and positive impacts on their regions through innovative approaches to problem solving and program delivery through the Annual Innovation Award program.
The Extended Health Community Programs project will work in partnership with hospitals, health care providers, long-term care facilities, senior communities, senior centers, local community businesses, the faith community, and recreational facilities throughout the 12-county region.
The scope of the Extended Health Community Programs project includes three elements: 1) the development and administration of evidence-based programs; 2) extended community health liaisons; and 3) hospital readmission reductions. Funding for these comprehensive programs will derive from Title IIID of the Older Americans Act, administered through the PTRC Area Agency on Aging across the region. Investing in proven, community-based programs will result in a healthier, happier, better-managed, and less costly patient population.
Key features of the Extended Health Community Programs include the commitment by the AAA to tailor programs suited to the communities’ healthcare needs, to provide high-quality training programs and educational materials, to measure the cost-effectiveness of partnerships, to ensure smooth hospital transitions, and to continue to develop delivery systems that promote aging in place with dignity and independence.
Blair Barton-Percival, Director of the Area Agency on Aging, responded to receiving the award by saying, “I am honored and thrilled to bring recognition of the great work occurring in our region. Sheila Hutchinson deserves special appreciation for her vital role in laying the foundation for this groundbreaking project. I have every confidence that we will help all our partners realize tangible benefits through the Extended Health Community Programs.”
About the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is authorized by North Carolina statutes to oversee the delivery of services to the aging population and their families.
The AAA administers the allocation of government funds to agencies providing services to seniors; creates advocacy forums addressing senior issues; brokers information among the aging and disabled, the media, the public, and the service providers; and provides training in all facets of service delivery.
The AAA is a division of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council covering twelve counties. The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) is a voluntary association of 73 member governments comprised of municipal representatives, county commissioners, and other civic leaders. More information can be found at www.ptrc.org.
About the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.
The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners were showcased during NADO’s 2013 Annual Training Conference, held August 24 - 27 in San Francisco, California.
“For nearly 30 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country,” said NADO President John Leonard, Executive Director of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission in Valdosta, Ga. “Building on the unique strengths and challenges of each region and community, award recipients continue to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come. And I am pleased to announce that this year over 100 regional development organizations were selected to receive NADO’s 2013 Innovation Award.”
For more information about the award-winning project, contact Allison Brown of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging at 336-761-2111.